Dates were on sale at our local grocery store. And I am using the term "on sale" rather loosely. The package you see was about $6. On sale. Still a bit too steep for conscious buyers like me. But then again, considering the fact that this is just something we buy every once in a while, I guess it was OK.
The word "date" came from "daktulos," the Greek word for finger. It is because of the fruit's elongated shape. There are three major group of dates - soft, semi-dry, and dry. The variety we got (Medjool) is soft. It is very sweet - in fact, you'd think it was processed in sugar. On the contrary, there is no added sugar in this product.
Dates must be one of the oldest fruits ever. It is mentioned several times in the Bible, and has a lot of medicinal properties.
It is just amazing to realize that modern-day people are enjoying one of the fruits that Jesus Himself, and the people in His times ate. How cool is that?